The Pershing Square Foundation Supports Global Human Rights with $10 Million Grant To Human Rights Watch

NEW YORK, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Pershing Square Foundation today announced a $10 million grant over the next five years to Human Rights Watch to support its strategic plan for expansion – its Global Challenge Campaign – and initiatives within its Africa and Women’s Rights Divisions. 

The grant to Human Rights Watch reflects The Pershing Square Foundation’s continued support for social entrepreneurs and innovators in social justice. The gift makes The Pershing Square Foundation a top five donor globally to Human Rights Watch.

“The Pershing Square Foundation shares Human Rights Watch’s commitment to defending and protecting human rights around the world,” said Bill Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management. “We are proud to support this important organization’s efforts to increase its global presence and effectiveness over the coming years.”

The grant will support the growth and deeper regional presence of Human Rights Watch and will maximize the organization’s success in Africa and in support of the rights of women.

“Human Rights Watch has a long record of taking the initiative to prevent and end human rights abuses. The Pershing Square Foundation’s support enables us to build a more effective presence around the world,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.

“We believe in strategic interventions to combat the roots of poverty and repression, and The Pershing Square Foundation is pleased to support the growth of an organization that shares this goal and works to end discrimination and uphold freedom in countries throughout the world,” said Paul Bernstein, CEO of The Pershing Square Foundation.

The Pershing Square Foundation is committed to creating a society that respects human rights, dignity and justice both in local communities and around the world. As part of its ongoing mission to support successful, scalable and entrepreneurial organizations, the Foundation has supported Human Rights Watch’s work globally since 2008.

About The Pershing Square Foundation The Pershing Square Foundation, based in New York, was founded in December 2006 by Karen and Bill Ackman. Bill is the CEO and Portfolio Manager of Pershing Square Capital Management. The Pershing Square Foundation invests in social entrepreneurs and leaders with innovative solutions that tackle the injustice of poverty globally, and programs that support our communities.   Since it was founded, the Foundation has committed over $140 million in grants and social investments, in the areas of economic development, education, healthcare, and human rights. The Pershing Square Foundation also supports innovative programs in arts and urban development, and actively promotes social entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

SOURCE  The Pershing Square Foundation